Friday, December 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES — "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson will return to work on A&E's reality show despite his comments about gay immorality, the channel said Friday, reversing its decision to suspend him after facing a backlash and threatened boycott. In a statement Friday, A&E said it was bringing Robertson back after discussions with his Louisiana family featured in the reality series and "numerous advocacy groups." Last week, the channel had put Robertson on what it called an indefinite "hiatus" because of his comments in a GQ magazine article that the Bible views gays as sinners akin to adulterers, prostitutes and swindlers. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 440 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Even without rugged fullback Bruce Miller, the San Francisco 49ers feel good about their rushing attack as they head toward the playoffs for the third consecutive season. One final tough test comes first. The 49ers take the NFL's third-ranked rushing offense to Arizona on Sunday to face the league's top-ranked rushing defense. They'll do it without regular starter Miller, a key player in San Francisco's run scheme who will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury. By Craig Massei. SENT: 730 words, photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders might be without both of their starting cornerbacks for the season finale against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Mike Jenkins has a hamstring injury that has limited him in workouts, and Tracy Porter sustained a hip flexor during practice Friday. Both are listed as questionable. By Michael Wagaman. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5:30 p.m. PST.